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Dr. Jennifer Lyn Paxton

Dr. Jennifer Lyn Paxton

Senior Lecturer

"What could be a more valuable vocation than to send out my students into their careers as more knowledgeable, more critically-thinking and more educated young adults? The fact that I really enjoy it is just gravy."

Degrees Held:

Ph.D. in History — Texas Tech University, 2015

Career Highlights:

  • Archaeological digs in Jordan in 2007 and 2010
  • Various journal articles and conference articles on Texas history, women's history and medical history
  • Cited on Wikipedia--yay?
  • Many repeat students, so I must be doing something right

Which classes do you teach online?

U.S. History I and II

What do you want your students to learn in your classes?

I want my students to understand the facts of what happened in history, but also understand why, and that there are (at least) two sides to every story. I also want my students to learn not only WHAT to think but HOW to think.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

Follow the instructions. Don't panic. Do the best you can, even if it isn't perfect. Ask questions! Do the assignments on time.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the area in history?

A historian needs the ability to read widely, write clearly, think critically and track down and analyze information and sources. Additionally, a large helping of curiosity about many topics is extremely valuable.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in this profession face today?

History is an academic field, so there aren't always as many jobs for historians as we would like.

Why did you start teaching?

I've always wanted to teach. What could be a more valuable vocation than to send out my students into their careers as more knowledgeable, more critically-thinking and more educated young adults? The fact that I really enjoy it is just gravy.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

I can knit, crochet, spin, weave, make pottery and turn wood. My brother is an indie musician.

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